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Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G3258 Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Bought it in a combo with a MSI Z97 PC Mate. It was a bargain.

Cons: Disappointed since I can't get it to overclock. It seems to only want to work in stock. I've done tons of research. I was running i3 540 decided I want to move myself into a position to buy a more expensive i3/i5/i7 later. Somewhat regretting it now. Some games just stutter and don't run quite as well. I did a clean install of my OS afterwards. Tried updating my Bios to latest.

Other Thoughts: Hoping I can get this thing to overclock soon.

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MSI Z97 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good Motherboard. Unable to Overclock. 04/27/2015

This review is from: MSI Z97 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It was a great deal. Bought this combo with a G3258 processor. Performance is pretty good. The motherboard has great options on it. I really liked the extra SATA ports, the USB 3.0. I run an SSD and my WEI score jumped off the charts in comparison to my old board.

Cons: So far I'm not able to overclock my G3258. I don't know if this a problem with the board, the processor or both. I've researched the overclocking of this chip and the information is there but not helpful. The MSI website even implies there is a special overclocking bios? So is the bios different from the bios on the Motherboard home page? The information just seems messy to me. I haven't tried the overclocking BIOS that I found on the Overclocking web page. I'm kind of nervous about loading it. I tried using the overclock button and manually in the bios. Just gives me a failure and reverts me back. Even increasing the multiplier by 1x fails.

Other Thoughts: I'm happy with the board but I'm pretty sure I'm going to probably part ways with the CPU in favor of an i3 or i5 before year end.

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Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought it as a go between drive to shuffle things from a larger drive to a smaller drive and then from that smaller drive to the larger drive. Copy times were acceptable and done mostly while I was away from the PC. Right now its serving as a backup drive to mirror folders of important documents, photos, music, videos etc..

Cons: It wasn't free.

Other Thoughts: Amazingly fast shipping. Had it in 2 days. Wish I had something more helpful to say about the drive. But right now its just serving a purpose of a mirror type of thing.

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Justin B.'s Profile

Display Name: Justin B.

Date Joined: 11/20/05

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 09/18/12
  • Last Review: 09/24/14
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